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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-5 hours/week for 4 weeks...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Albanian
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Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-5 hours/week for 4 weeks...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Albanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Introduction to Discussions

This is the third course in the Learn English: Advanced Speaking and Listening specialization. In this class you will learn about different types of conversations you will have in academic settings. You will also learn some strategies for helping you understand other people's meaning and for helping you express yourself effectively. This first module will show you the importance of effective academic conversational English. You'll see how it is different from other conversational English and why it is necessary to make you successful in college environments. Finally, you'll do a video assignment in which you record yourself in a group discussion. You'll submit this video for feedback on your discussion techniques....
Reading
7 videos (Total 25 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
Meet the Teacher1m
Week 1 Introductionm
Discussions Overview Lecture4m
Preparing for Discussions Lecture4m
Getting Started Lecture5m
Vocabulary Lecture6m
Reading6 readings
Important Messages5m
Preparing for Academic Discussions Practice20m
Vocabulary Practicem
Discussion Analysis Part 130m
Discussion Analysis Part 230m
Discussion Assignment Directionsm
Quiz4 practice exercises
Discussions Practice Quiz8m
Getting Started Practice Quiz6m
Discussion Analysis Practice8m
Graded Quiz20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Elaboration

This week, you'll learn about the importance of elaborating in a conversation and learn to avoid some common problems that occur when elaboration doesn't happen. You'll learn several ways to add examples to your discussions and how to use critical thinking to take make your discussions go deeper. Again, you will have the chance to practice having a group discussion and to submit a video of it for feedback....
Reading
4 videos (Total 21 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
Elaboration Lecture5m
Examples Lecture7m
Going Deeper Lecture6m
Reading5 readings
Elaboration Activity20m
Vocabulary Practicem
Discussion Analysis Part 120m
Discussion Analysis Part 220m
Discussion Assignment Directionsm
Quiz4 practice exercises
Examples Practice Quiz8m
Going Deeper Practice Quiz8m
Discussion Analysis Practice8m
Graded Quiz22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Interaction

Now, you'll learn how to maintain a smooth discussion by avoiding common problems with interaction and participation. You'll also learn how to listen to other speakers' ideas and learn how to agree or disagree with others in your discussion. Once again, you will be able to practice having a group discussion, and you will record and share the video with other learners....
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
Video3 videos
Constructing Conversation Lecture5m
Agreeing and Disagreeing Lecture7m
Reading4 readings
Vocabulary Practicem
Discussion Analysis Part 120m
Discussion Analysis Part 220m
Discussion Assignment Directionsm
Quiz5 practice exercises
Interaction Practice Quiz8m
Constructing Conversation Practice Quiz6m
Agreeing and Disagreeing Practice Activity6m
Discussion Analysis Practice10m
Graded Quiz22m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Synthesis

In the final week, you will learn how to synthesize the ideas in your discussions and how to come up with meaningful take-aways and action points. You'll also learn how to reflect on the important points in a discussion so that the whole thing is meaningful. You will get one more chance to demonstrate your discussion skills and get feedback by sharing a video of your discussion....
Reading
3 videos (Total 13 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video3 videos
Wrapping Up Lecture2m
Reflecting on the Course Lecture5m
Reading5 readings
Vocabulary Practicem
Discussion Analysis Part 120m
Discussion Analysis Part 220m
Discussion Assignment Directionsm
Learn More1m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Synthesis Practice Quiz6m
Wrapping Up Practice Quiz8m
Discussion Analysis Practice8m
Graded Quiz20m

Instructors

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Tamy Chapman

Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education
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Meg Parker

Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Extension
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Helen Nam

Instructor
International Programs, UCI Extension

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

About the Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening Specialization

This specialization covers the listening and speaking skills that non-native English-speaking students need to be successful in English-speaking colleges and universities. Native English-speaking students who would like to increase their chances of success in university courses will also benefit as well anyone interested in improving their listening comprehension skills. You will learn how to listen to class lectures and take notes more effectively. You will also improve your speaking skills for common tasks such as class discussions and presentations. In the capstone, you will create a video presentation on an academic topic....
Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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